York County goes to the shore: Memories of a Wildwood vacation

About this time last year, I asked for your thoughts on traditional spots Yorkers go for summer vacations.

In response, I received this note from John Loeper, which I want to share in the hopes of kicking of some more memories of “leaving York” for part of the summer!

John writes, “Vacations in Wildwood, N.J. with a York connection. My family always went to Wildwood for the annual summer vacation. Not only did we go to the same town, but went the same week evey year (3rd week in July) stayed at the same apartment building and even rented the same apartment (3rd floor ocean side). Now the York connection. The name of the apartment building on Glendale Ave about a block and a half from the boardwalk and beach was … the ‘York Apartments.’ It was owned by folks from York named Howe. The also operated a dairy in the White Rose City. Anybody remember Howe’s dairy? Another York connection was a man named Bill Martin. He operated a bar in York and also a restaurant in Wildwood. In addition he had a charter fishing boat business and would take vacation goers deep sea fishing for a day. The trips to Wildwood were the absolute highlight of my summers when I was a young boy. As soon as school was out I would start counting the days until we would go.”

My summer shore trips to Seaside Heights, N.J., and later to Strasburg in Lancaster County, were the same way, John! (And, just as a funny addition: York Daily Record/Sunday News managing editor Randy Parker spent his college summers delivering pizzas in Wildwood!)

Meanwhile, recently, Chris and I went on vacation to West Virginia and found a random little antique shop on the top of a mountain… run by a former York County man whose relatives are related to my elementary-school babysitter.

You can’t make this stuff up – York really is everywhere!

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My name is Joan and I'm a lifelong Yorker. Throughout high school and college, I swore I was getting out of here as soon as possible. Now, a few years later, I can't think of anywhere I'd rather be. I love my town, and I hear every day from readers who love their towns, too. So please, connect with me and let's share what makes life in York County great. I'm here to help you enjoy this place as much as I do!
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2 Responses to York County goes to the shore: Memories of a Wildwood vacation

  1. Judith Howe Shanefelter says:

    Someone sent me a copy of your memories of staying at The York Apartments on Glenwood Ave. in Wildwood NJ. I remember spending many wonderful summer days there too. My grandparents Walter and Grace Howe were the owners. They also owned Howe’s Dairy. The dairy is long gone but the building remains at 907 Roosevelt Ave. One of my favorite memories of the dairy is its wonderful ice cream parlor.

    • Jim Fahringer says:

      I spent many an evening in the Howe’s Dairy Restaurant. After playing in Lincoln Park until almost dark, my grandparents often took my sisters and I to the restaurant. Everyone enjoyed ice cream or ice cream sundaes. I didn’t like ice cream so I got something else. Although occasionally I would get a sundae or banana split. As I remember, you could also order sandwiches and meals also. I do remember the tiny little glass milk bottles that they filled with milk or cream and you used them for your coffee. I also remember the brown milk bottles that contained Howe’s milk. I think the brown color was supposed to protect the flavor of the milk. I believe the argument was that sunlight and artificial light had a bad effect on the flavor and freshness of milk so Howe’s produced the brown glass milk bottles. Thank you for reminding me about this wonderful dairy restaurant.

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